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2019-08-05 | 公共電視

Farmers Letting Consumers Adopt Pomelo Trees|憂心恐滯銷 柚農開放認購文旦樹奏效

Due to the warm winter, this year's produce volume has gone down. However, the volume of Hegang pomelos from Hualien's Ruisui Township has more than doubled this year. Farmers are worried about an excess supply and have therefore started letting the public adopt pomelo trees. Anyone that adopts a tree can keep all the pomelos that grow on it. This has turned out to be very popular with consumers.

This pomelo orchard in Hualien's Hegang is thriving. Although the pomelo harvest usually isn't until the Mid-Autumn Festival, technical upgrades have moved up the harvest period while producing pomelos with a Brix sweetness value of 13.

The high yield this year is due to the wind and sunlight here, and the lack of typhoons.

Farmers worried about an excess supply this year came up with the idea of letting people adopt pomelo trees. Consumers that adopt a tree can keep all the pomelos grown on it. They are also able to visit the orchard and inspect their fruit.

We have been having the pomelos for a few years, so we know how good they are. They're also traceable and we don't have to worry about pesticide residue. (How many trees did you adopt?) We plan to adopt 50.

The Ruisui Farmers Association says there was less rain during the flowering period this year due to the warm winter, which led to a higher yield. As there are currently 800 hectares of pomelo orchards in the district and orders from China have fallen, the association hopes domestic consumers can step up.

Total yield is around 45 million catties, or around 45 million pomelos. This equates to two pomelos per capita in Taiwan.

This is the first time Ruisui is doing anything like this and a dozen orchards are taking part. Anyone interested in adopting a tree and helping farmers can inquire with the Ruisui Farmers Association.

走進花蓮瑞穗鄉的鶴岡文旦果園,樹上的文旦柚不但長得好且數量驚人,雖說以往文旦柚都要到中秋節白露前才能採收,但技術提升後現在也可以採文旦,且甜度高達13度。

花蓮瑞穗鄉鶴岡文旦柚農 羅峰表示:「這次的量會那麼多,是因為我們這邊風和日麗,然後沒有颱風的影響,讓我們的開花結果非常順暢。」

但產量高柚農就擔心會滯銷,所以想出一個開放認購文旦樹的方法,只要民眾認購一棵文旦樹,上面的果實都是屬於你的,而且還可以到果園體驗採果,果然吸引消費者上門。

認購民眾 游先生表示:「他的品質我們已經吃好幾年了,都很好吃,而且都有生產履歷,沒有農藥殘留這個疑慮。(你認購多少棵?)我們打算認購50棵。」

瑞穗鄉農會表示,受到暖冬影響,今年鶴岡地區的文旦在開花的時候雨量少,所以結果率高,目前轄區共有八百公頃的面積種植文旦柚,今年中國大陸訂單減少,很需要國內民眾幫忙。

花蓮瑞穗鄉農會總幹事 黃盛皇表示:「總產量有四千五百萬台斤左右,那大概也就是四千五百萬粒,那以台灣目前人口來講的話,大概平均每一位民眾吃兩粒,才能夠把我們的瑞穗文旦,銷售完畢。」

而這認購文旦樹的方法,是瑞穗鄉有史以來第一次,目前已有幾十家果園參與,民眾可洽瑞穗鄉農會了解方式,買得便宜又可以幫助柚農。

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